2019 SEC Schedules: Texas A&M
In this series, the Other 98’s Jay Arnold will run through the season of each SEC team and predict their final regular season record. The fourteenth and final edition of the series will feature Texas A&M. You can check out the 2019 previews for the other SEC schools below:
We’ve finally reached the end of the schedule predictions for the SEC in 2019. To cap off this series, we’ll take a look at the Aggies and what is likely the toughest schedule in college football in 2019. The Aggies will have to find a way to replace Trayveon Williams, Jace Sternberger, and Erik McCoy on offense as well as the greater part of their front seven on defense. The good news is Texas A&M does get back quarterback Kellen Mond as well as the entire receiving corps. Defensively, while the Aggies are losing a lot, there is a lot of potential stepping up. As long as Texas A&M can stay healthy, the Aggies have a solid chance at another great season.
Week 1: vs. Texas State
The Aggies kick off the 2019 season by taking on former Texas A&M offensive coordinator, Jake Spavital in his first game as head coach of Texas State. The Bobcats haven’t been a historically successful program and Spav will be looking to change that. However, I don’t expect him to have much success at Kyle Field.
Week 2: at Clemson
Texas A&M heads to Clemson to take on the defending national champs in the second week of the season. The Aggies were able to give the Tigers all they could handle in 2018 but I’m not sure they’ll be able to do the same in 2019. Clemson may lose their entire starting defensive line, but the Tigers will still have the phenom, Trevor Lawrence. Lawrence is a completely different QB now than when he faced the Aggies in 2018.
Week 3: vs. Lamar
After what is sure to be a hard-fought contest against Clemson, the Aggies return home to take on FCS foe, Lamar. Texas A&M will look to get out ahead early in the contest as SEC play will start for the Aggies in Week 4. The starters will need as much rest as possible.
Week 4: vs. Auburn
Texas A&M had Auburn beat in 2018 before allowing the Tigers to mount a comeback and steal the game. The loss was easily the worst one of Texas A&M’s 2018 season. I expect the Aggies to come out looking for revenge in this one and I think that Kellen Mond will have a much better performance in 2019.
Week 5: vs. Arkansas (Arlington, TX)
I’m still holding on to hope that this will eventually go back to a home-and-home series because Arlington is boring as hell but at least this game always ends up being exciting. In spite of the fact that Arkansas had an abysmal 2018, the Hogs made it close. I’m expecting the same in 2019, though, the Aggies should come out on top again.
Week 6: Bye Week
Week 7: vs. Alabama
Alabama will undoubtedly be on a revenge tour after getting demolished by Clemson in the national title game. Texas A&M had more success than anyone else in the regular season against the Tide and it’s undoubtedly a tall task, but considering how well the Aggies played at home under Jimbo Fisher, I actually like Texas A&M’s odds here. Make no mistake, I still think Bama is the better team, I just have a gut feeling the Tide are going to slip up once ahead of the postseason, especially with all the coaching question marks.
Week 8: at Ole Miss
I’m expecting the Rebels to be the worst team in the West in 2019 but that doesn’t make a trip to Oxford any less dangerous. Texas A&M ought to handle Ole Miss with relative ease but it’s not always so simple. I’m expecting this to be a lot closer than it should be considering A&M might very well get caught looking forward. The Aggies will survive the scare though.
Week 9: vs. Mississippi State
The Bulldogs and Nick Fitzgerald have been a thorn in A&M’s side for the past few years. Nicky Fitz is moving on, however, and I expect A&M to finally get over the Mississippi State hump at home against the Bulldogs. MSU is losing a good deal of talent on both sides of the ball and I expect A&M to be the more talented side in 2019.
Week 10: vs. UTSA
With the exception of Clemson, all of Texas A&M’s OOC games come against in-state opponents. The final out-of-conference game comes against UTSA. The Roadrunners struggled mightily in 2018 and more of the same can be expected in 2019. Texas A&M will look to get the starters rested up here before the bye week and a brutal close out to the season.
Week 11: Bye Week
Week 12: vs. South Carolina
Texas A&M nearly let South Carolina steal a win in Columbia last season but escaped with a W instead. The Gamecocks will likely still have a dangerous passing offense, but the Aggies should be at least slightly improved in the secondary. A&M has to be careful to not look ahead to the last two weeks of the season which could very well be two top ten matchups, but I think the Aggies will be alright.
Week 13: at Georgia
The first of two brutal road games to close out the season comes when the Aggies travel to Georgia to take on the Bulldogs. Athens can be a notoriously tough place to play and Texas A&M will have their work cut out for them. The Aggies could catch the Bulldogs considering this game is at the end of a tough stretch of SEC games, but I think Georgia will be up for this one, especially at home.
Week 14: at LSU
As I said in the preview for LSU’s schedule, there is no way that the Tigers don’t come out emotional in this one. Death Valley will be rocking and Coach O will have his squad fired up after the loss to the Aggies in seven overtimes in 2018. I still believe the Tigers will come out too emotional committing a few too many mistakes early. By the time LSU settles down, the Aggies ought to have this one in hand.
Final Record: 10-2
There’s no doubt I’m being generous here considering the difficulty of the schedule for the Aggies but I expect Texas A&M to perform well in their second season under Jimbo Fisher. However, this season could just as easily be a 7-5 or 6-6 year if a few things don’t go Texas A&M’s way. It will be an exciting season for Aggies fans for sure and should set up nicely for a possible playoff run in 2020 or 2021.